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HMS Royal Alfred (1864)

HMS Royal Alfred was a broadside ironclad frigate of the Victorian era, serving with the Royal Navy. She was half-sister to HMS Repulse. In 1861, in response to the French warship building programme initiated by Emperor Napoleon III, the British Board of Admiralty selected seven wooden two-decked second-rate warships under construction for conversion to armoured warships; the first four, which were converted with all possible speed, were completed as HMS Royal Oak and the Prince Consort-class ships, HMS Prince Consort, HMS Caledonia and HMS Ocean. The last three were intentionally delayed until assessment could be made of the first four, as a result of this assessment Royal Alfred and Repulse were completed on different lines to the earlier ships, indeed to each other. In the 1860s rapid changes were taking place in the technology of armament production, calibres were increasing by about an inch per year, it was therefore distinctly possible that a ship designed to carry a specific armament fit would be outclassed on completion by other ships on the stocks, at home or abroad, designed for the next generation of gun.

As a battleship took not less than three years to progress from laying-down to launch, as at that time warship gun designs were being upgraded annually, this was a real and serious problem. With this in mind, completion of Royal Alfred was delayed until a suitable heavy gun became available, her armament was placed amidships in a "box battery", an enclosure armoured on all four sides, with the guns places as close together as possible while allowing for their efficient working. Lighter guns were placed near the bow and the stern, to provide fore and aft fire. Unlike many Victorian warships, she carried the same ordnance throughout her active career, she was the last wooden-hulled battleship to be built at Portsmouth. She was commissioned in January 1867 as flagship on the North America station, she remained on this station for six years, moving between Nova Scotia and the West Indies, broken only by a short relief by HMS Defence for docking. She returned to pay off in January 1874, was in Portland reserve until the following year.

An engineering survey discovered that her boilers were so corroded that she could achieve a steam pressure of only 10 pound/sq. Inch and a speed of 7.5 knots. She was forthwith laid up until sold in 1885 to Henry Sons. Jones, Colin. "Entente Cordiale, 1865". In McLean, David & Preston, Antony. Warship 1996. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-685-X. Oscar Parkes British Battleships, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 1990. ISBN 0-85052-604-3 Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905, Conway Maritime Press, 1979. ISBN 0-85177-133-5

The Tridge (Midland, Michigan)

The Tridge is the formal name of a three-way wooden footbridge spanning the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers in Chippewassee Park near downtown Midland, Michigan, in the Tri-Cities region. Named as a portmanteau of "tri" and "bridge", the structure opened in 1981, it consists of one 31-foot tall central pillar supporting three spokes. Each spoke; the bridge was constructed in 1981 at the instigation of the Midland Area Community Foundation. The bridge cost $732,000 to build, took 6,400 hours of labor. Ten railroad car loads of prefabricated wood, 337 cubic yards of concrete were used to construct three arches, which weigh 44,000 pounds apiece; each appendage is 180 by 8 feet. Gerace Construction Company worked on the project; as a symbol, the bridge is the subject, for example, of lithographs. The Tridge was closed in November 2011 due to work on the rails-to-trails project, the construction of a new canoe launch site. In April 2017, the Tridge was closed for renovations with all stain to be removed and restained and some board replacements.

The bridges full reopening would happen in October with a partial reopening on the Fourth of July. Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation donated $2.5 million towards the project. The Tridge is a tourist attraction, it and its two surrounding parks—35 acres in Chippewassee and St. Charles parks—are one of the most popular leisure areas downtown; the 3.5-mile Chippewa Nature Trail begins at the bridge. The site marks the starting point of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, a Michigan Rails to Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame trail. Although being a footbridge, skateboards, in-line skates are allowed on the bridge, it is the focal point for summer evening concerts. Fishing is not permitted from the bridge although it does occur frequently; the Tridge, located beside the Midland farmers market, has become an icon of the city, is the most famous landmark of the downtown area. Each year, the Tridge mimics the Mackinac Bridge to the north, in hosting a "Labor Day walk"; the festive annual event is sponsored by MACF and the Chippewa Nature Center, led by the mayor of Midland.

In addition, St. Charles Park, which surrounds the Tridge, is host to many public and private events. At night the bridge's arches are lit. During summer evenings, the Tridge is a popular hangout spot for local teens because it is near the Downtown area and several popular areas; the Trilogy Skatepark is located just 300 feet north of the Tridge in Chippewassee Park. The Tridge, an American political newsmagazine based in Midland, Michigan Tridge photographs Midland River Days poster featuring The Tridge

Moyuta (volcano)

Moyuta is a stratovolcano in southern Guatemala. It is located near the town of Moyuta in Santa Rosa Department, is situated at the southern edge of the Jaltapagua fault; the volcano has an elevation of 1662 m and its summit is formed by three andesitic lava domes. The slopes of the volcano complex have numerous cinder cones. Small fumaroles can be seen on the northern and southern slopes, hot springs are found at the north-eastern base of the volcano, as well as along rivers on south-eastern side; the volcano is covered with coffee plantations. List of volcanoes in Guatemala "Moyuta". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution

Guy Caballero

Guy Caballero is a fictional character on the television series SCTV played by Joe Flaherty. President and owner of the fictional SCTV network, Caballero appeared on the series to introduce various network programs, although he occasionally got wrapped up in behind-the-scenes storylines. Cheap, dishonest and prone to making meandering patriotic speeches for no good reason, Caballero liked to affectionately describe his employees as "the SCTV family," although he treated them with disdain, he was always seen in a white suit and white Panama hat, but his most notable quirk was his use of a wheelchair despite not needing one. Though Caballero's personal past was left deliberately shady, it was mentioned several times that he was an illegal alien who had managed to buy his way into the United States "when he showed up in Panama with suitcases full of Nazi gold." Caballero has a huge mansion named "Casa del Forgeo" that he paid for by forging checks, but he is too cheap to pay for a phone inside the house—instead, he had his mansion built near a payphone.

Guy's wife, was infrequently mentioned and never seen. He had two sons and a daughter. Guy at one point had an affair with SCTV star Lola Heatherton, but broke it off explaining "it was doing poorly in the overnights". Guy Caballero was a character heard only over the phone in two first-season SCTV episodes aired in 1977; the character made his first physical appearance in the SCTV second season opener, aired in September, 1978, was thereafter a fixture of the show, appearing from that point on. As the owner and president of SCTV, Guy appeared on the network to introduce shows, to make announcements, or to apologize for previous programming blunders. Behind the scenes, Guy was on the lookout for cheap, popular programming, he had no qualms about running shows that pandered to the audience, or were low-quality knockoffs of other, more popular TV series. Sticking to a low, low budget was a priority, as writer/director/star Johnny LaRue found out after he used an expensive crane shot in his production of "Polynesiantown"—Caballero cancelled all of LaRue's SCTV projects, further punished him by forcing him to do a solo late-night program called "Street Beef" which used one camera and one microphone.

It is rumored that Flaherty based the mannerisms and appearance of the Cabellero character on Laurence Olivier's portrayal of Loren Hardman in the movie The Betsy, released earlier in 1978. Adapted from the Harold Robbins book of the same name, the movie portrays Loren Hardman as the gruff business patriarch of an automobile empire. Like Caballero, Hardman wears a white suit and white Panama hat, rides in a wheelchair though he can walk. Don Caballero was named after Guy Caballero, their debut album, For Respect, pays tribute to the character and SCTV throughout the album. Flaherty reprised the role of Caballero in 1988 as an in-studio host for a free weekend preview of Cinemax, he had reprised his role of Count Floyd for a 1987 free preview. Caballero and actor DeForest Kelley team up to prevent aliens from taking over the network and the world. Caballero develops a long-running feud with star Johnny LaRue, as a result of LaRue's TV movie Polynesiantown running over budget. Caballero forces LaRue to take the demeaning job of hosting the cheap show "Street Beef."

Caballero is fired by the network's board of directors, after involving Fred Willard in a scam that involves pocketing money meant for the station. Caballero develops a feud with the presidents of ABC, CBS, NBC, resulting in a gangland-style war which parodies The Godfather. In the episode of SCTV that parodies the disaster film The Towering Inferno, Caballero brushes off concerns about his supposed invalid status by standing up and announcing, "I have strong legs!" He proceeds to trip and fall down the stairwell of the burning building. Edith Prickley


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